Ships hit by U-boats

Har Zion

British Steam merchant

Har Zion under her former name St. Jan. Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameHar Zion
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,508 tons
Completed1907 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerPalestine Maritime Lloyd Ltd, Tel Aviv, Palestine 
Date of attack31 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position56° 20'N, 10° 00'W - Grid AM 5144
Complement37 (36 dead and 1 survivor).
ConvoyOB-205 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool - Savannah, Georgia 
Cargo1000 cases of spirit and 120 tons of fertiliser 
History Completed in June 1907 as Danish St. Jan for A/S Det Østasiatiske Kompagni, Copenhagen. 1913 sold to the Netherlands and renamed Nickerie for Koninklijke West-Indische Maildienst, Amsterdam. 1932 sold to Italy and renamed Risveglio for Ignazio Messina & Co, Genoa. 1935 sold to Palestine and renamed Har Zion
Notes on event

At 06.15 hours on 31 Aug 1940 the Har Zion (Master John N. Beighton), a straggler from convoy OB-205, was hit amidships by one of two G7e torpedoes from U-38 and sank by the stern northwest of Bloody Foreland. The master, 34 crew members and one gunner were lost. The sole survivor was seaman Osman Adem, who was picked up by ORP Blyskawica (H 34) (LtCdr S. Hryniewiecki, ORP) the next day.

On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

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